Centre for European and International Studies Research


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Dr Zara Ramsay

  • Qualifications: PhD (University of Portsmouth), MSc Anthropology & Development (LSE), BA Hons (University of Newcastle)
  • Role Title: Lecturer in International Development Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6118
  • Email: zara.ramsay@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Zara’s research focuses on the relationship between culture and international development processes. Within this she specialises in the analysis of culture (including religion) in relation to violent behaviour, including gender-based and structural violence, as well as violence linked to political activism. She has in-depth experience of applied research in India, China (Tibet), Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.

In her previous position Zara was Postdoctoral Researcher on a DFID-funded project titled ‘Women, Work and Violence.’ She coordinated three international research teams, analysing the links between violence against women and women’s economic empowerment in the socio-political contexts of Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit coordinator for:

  • U22555 International Community Development
  • U22556 The Anthropology of Development


Zara’s current research relates to the links between culture, gender-based violence and women’s empowerment processes in Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar.

Her PhD analysed the impact of Buddhist beliefs on the Tibetan struggle for political autonomy. Prior to this she worked in India, researching the relationships between varied religious beliefs (in Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist traditions) and structural violence, especially in relation to gender and caste issues.